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SC Schools Highlighting Entrepreneurship

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You hear us talk regularly on this program about the importance of entrepreneurial activity in our state.  While we have a vibrant and growing start-up community here, we still lag significantly behind many other states.  Our next guest is working hard to improve that statistic through her efforts at a local school district.

Mike Switzer interviews Aimee Gray, director of technology at Anderson School District 3 in Anderson, SC. 

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.